Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003
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Written Submissions NLC Caring for Country Unit Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 67 Go to the 'experts'. They have the knowledge and they can do something about those cane toads. The ranger women can talk to the 'experts', the scientists. They are in the weeds in the billabong. We need to control the weeds in the billabong. We use salt and Dettol to kill them in the community. I have also heard that Domestos is frequently used as it is readily available. I have never heard of toads being put into the freezer in Aboriginal communities, the killing method suggested by Parks and Wildlife. Investigate and publicise options for reducing cane toads in living areas People do not like having to live with cane toads. If strategies for reducing cane toads in living areas can be devised, publicised and implemented this could relieve day to day discomfort experienced by people. Trials to quarantine selected "no cane toad" areas Selected billabongs and surrounding wetlands could be fenced to keep out cane toads as they are known not to jump higher than 300 millimetres. Such areas would constantly need to be monitored and the fence inspected for damage. These areas, if near communities, could be used as education reserves for Aboriginal people to pass on knowledge and hunting skills to future generations. Slowing the spread of cane toads Cane toads are reported to be capable of advancing at five kilometres per day. Attempts to slow the cane toad's advance westward may be achieved by fencing the headwaters of western flowing river catchments of the Northern Territory that have not yet been invested. If the cane toad's advance across the northern tropics can be slowed, scientists may be able to design a biological control before all the northern tropics are invested. How Aboriginal people can help with cane toad solutions Aboriginal people, who are living with the consequences of the cane toad invasion, have enormous knowledge of the toad's behaviour and habits. If any actions result from this inquiry, Aboriginal people living on the land can obviously contribute a great deal of knowledge and experience of living with cane toads. Through the Aboriginal ranger network there is an established group of environmental experts, some of whom would be interested in working on actions that may quarantine areas or attempt to slow the movement of toads to new areas. Aboriginal Ranger Programs Below is a map of Aboriginal ranger groups in the NLC region.
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